After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. Written by
The medical staff should be wearing medical protective glasses when they're performing the autopsy on the BMW Driver, one medical staff member confirms this goof when he squints when blood sprays on his mask as he drills her chest. See more »
John Q. Archibald:
[after taking over the emergency room]
The hospital is under new management now! Free health care for everyone!
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Denzel Washington continues to prove why he is one of the best actors
in the business with his performance in JOHN Q, a moving, emotional,
and tension-charged drama about a family man whose son needs a heart
transplant; however, due to financial problems, his insurance won't
cover the cost of getting his son on the donor list so John Q decides
to take hostages in the hospital until someone arranges for his son to
be on the donor list. Despite a preachy and simplistic screenplay, the
intense direction and first-rate performances make this film work. I
particularly loved Denzel's work here because this was a character
unlike he had ever played before...Denzel usually played well-educated,
intelligent lawyers and/or businessmen (with the obvious exception of
TRAINING DAY), but here Denzel is playing an average Joe...a working
stiff, struggling to pay bills and keep food on the table and a roof
over his family's head who is driven to extreme measures to protect the
family he cherishes so dearly. Washington gets strong support from
Robert Duvall, solid as always as the hostage negotiator, James Woods
as a wimpy surgeon, Anne Heche as an unsympathetic hospital
administrator, and especially Kimberly Elise as John's wife. An
emotional drama, wrought with tension, that will rivet you to the
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